How Arkansas Can Address Its Shortage of Primary Health Care

By Caleb Taylor How can Arkansas improve its access to medical care? Let nurse practitioners practice to the full extent of their education and training, according to ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Dr. Maryam Almasifard in an op-ed “Improve access” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March 9.  Almasifard says: Residents in rural areas are even […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Tanner Corley

By Caleb Taylor What was the motivation and reasoning behind the original state regulation of barbers in Arkansas? ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Tanner Corley explores this and more in a paper entitled “For Public Health or Private Gain?” co-authored with ACRE Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Marcus Witcher. This topic is timely considering legislation was proposed, but not […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Ryan Jackson

By Caleb Taylor Does the occupational licensing of nursing home administrators affect the quality of care of nursing home residents? A forthcoming paper by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Ryan Jackson and ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Alex Kanode examines this question. Jackson is a part of ACRE’s Research Fellowship Program. In this program, students work with […]

Sunset Review of Occupational Licenses In Arkansas Continues

By Alex Kanode On January 13th, the ALC Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee met to discuss their recommendations from the December meeting and bring forward more recommendations.  The subcommittee is tasked by law with determining and implementing the least restrictive form of occupational authorization to protect consumers from significant and substantiated harms to public health and […]

ACRE Student Spotlight: Elsa Mattson

By Caleb Taylor Do occupational licensing regulations affect the amount of business establishments within states? The answer is “yes,” according to a forthcoming paper entitled “Occupational Licensing Effects on Business Establishments” co-authored by ACRE Undergraduate Research Fellow Elsa Mattson. According to the abstract of the paper: This paper investigates the effects of state occupational licensing […]

Legislators Examine Acupuncture, Sprinkler Fitter Licenses

By Alex Kanode Occupational licensing has increased dramatically in the past 70 years. In the 1950s, only 5% of the US workforce had to have a license before they could work, while today 25% have a license. Occupational licensing is when the government sets a list of requirements, such as education, experience and fees, that […]

To Lure Businesses, Lower Burdens, Economist Says

By Caleb Taylor The costs of getting government permission slips to work affect where businesses in certain industries set up shop, said Dr. Alicia Plemmons at an ACRE Speaker Series event on Nov. 19. Plemmons is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Economics & Finance Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is also an […]

Licensing Sunset Reviews Begin

By Alex Kanode Occupational licensing has been an increasingly hot topic across the US, and Arkansas is no exception. A 2018 report from the Occupational Licensing Advisory Group stated that Arkansas had a whopping 310 licenses, 51 certificates, and 35 registrations.  In order to evaluate these occupations, the 2019 Arkansas Legislature passed Act 600, which created […]

Red Tape Reduction Process Begins

By Caleb Taylor Arkansas legislators will begin their “sunset review” of occupational licenses that might be keeping Arkansans from working in certain industries Thursday. The Arkansas Legislative Council Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee was created by Act 600, also known as The Red Tape Reduction Sunrise and Sunset Act, which passed both the House and Senate […]

Is the sun setting on Arkansas’s high occupational licensing burden?

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Policy Analyst Alex Kanode was quoted in a recent article and wrote an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette discussing a recent change in how the state evaluates its licensing laws. Act 600, also known as The Red Tape Reduction Sunrise and Sunset Act, passed both the House and Senate with no […]